1925: The Move into Nebraska Territory
EMC entered Nebraska in November 1925, when arrangements were made to work with the Turk-Somerville General Agency in Omaha. By 1928, Turk-Somerville was leading all EMC agencies in volume of written premium. A decade later, they had 300 agents writing for EMC and were on course to become EMC’s third branch operation. On July 1, 1939, EMC purchased the agency, converting it into the Nebraska Branch.
1964: Nebraska Branch Becomes Omaha Branch
Over the next 25 years, the branch gained great success in writing policies for schools, counties, municipalities and townships, mostly due to an emphasis on educating agents about its products. In 1964, the branch changed its name to the Omaha Branch Office.
1989: 50 Years and Beyond
Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, the Omaha Branch received numerous awards: two Company of the Year awards from the Omaha Professional Insurance Agents Chapter and three Listening Ear awards from the Professional Insurance Agents of Nebraska. The branch also celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 1989. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, the branch achieved recognition as EMC’s most profitable branch by consecutively winning the Hynes-Gunn Trophy, which recognizes an EMC branch office for superior achievement.
2011: Strength, Stability, Service
Today, the Omaha Branch has approximately 81 employees working under Branch Manager Jay Sillau. They serve 316 agencies, and their book of business is 92 percent commercial lines and 8 percent personal lines. The branch’s written premium for 2010 was more than $69 million.